Parks & Rec’s adult tennis leagues crown champions

Parks & Rec’s adult tennis leagues crown champions

Pawtucket’s Joanne Vadnais was among the local players who captured championships in this summer’s Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department’s adult tennis leagues at Slater Park. She joined Cumberland’s Bev Smith on the team that won the Division I women’s doubles title. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)
Pawtucket’s Vadnais, Corbett highlight divisional winners

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department’s adult tennis leagues, which due to the COVID-19 pandemic and inclement weather, began in late June (instead of early May) and concluded on Sept. 3, witnessed some outstanding competition this summer in all its divisions at Slater Park’s Mike Kenny Courts.

In the Division I women’s doubles league, Pawtucket’s Joanne Vadnais and Cumberland’s Bev Smith teamed up to take first place. The tandem of Melanie Atwood and Karen Scanlan, who are both from North Attleboro, Mass., claimed second place, and the team of Emily Field and Emily Demers, who live in Seekonk, Mass., placed third.

The Division II women’s double champion was the team of Cumberland’s Lori Avallone and Laurie Oglivie. There was a tie for second place between the team of Pawtucket’s Cheryl Poisson and Attleboro’s Roberta Preve and the tandem of Cumberland’s Ann McCaffrey and Denise Diorio, and the team of Cumberland’s Dori Alger and Ruth Hanahan finished third.

Warren’s Sam Hedden also captured the women’s singles championship, with Field taking second place and Seekonk’s Morgan Anderson placing third.

In the men’s singles competition, three champions were crowned, including Pawtucket’s Quinn Corbett, who won the Division III title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Seekonk’s Joe Gagliardi in their championship match.

The Division I champion was Barrington’s Jean-Paul DuJardin, who rolled past Lincoln High tennis coach Matt Pavao in the finals, 6-2, 6-3, and the winner of the Division II title was Lincoln’s Stephen Germani, who took a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 thriller with Attleboro’s Ryan Cassidy in their championship match.

The leagues’ facilitators were former La Salle Academy and Rhode Island College standout Katherine Braganca, St. Raphael Academy head tennis coach Scott Corain, and Diana Adamczyk.

The Parks & Rec Department also noted its appreciation to the United States Tennis Association for receiving the Facility Recovery Grant this year, which helped community tennis programs across the nation take the courts during the pandemic.

Tennis players and enthusiasts are encouraged to follow the “Slater Park Tennis” Facebook page for future tennis programs.